Tacloban is a city in Eastern Visayas and the capital of the province of Leyte. It's the home of the Pintados Festival, a cultural event in Leyte commemorating the life and culture of the early settlers of Tacloban.


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Get in

By plane

Daily flights from Manila with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Air Asia, about a 1h flight. Cebu Pacific has flights to/from Cebu every afternoon. No shipping line plies the route between Manila and Tacloban any more.

By ferry

You can take a bus or van to Ormoc port or Baybay port then get a ferry to Cebu city.

Get around

There are many ways to get from the airport to all over Tacloban City, especially downtown, which is where most of the fun and excitement happens.

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to get from the airport to downtown and cost an average of ₱10 for a one way trip downtown, for a taxi or pedicab you are looking at around ₱50-100; if asked for more, then you are being ripped off.

For visitors not familiar with the city, you hire a tricycle to get to your destination. It costs around ₱8 per ride.

Taxis operate from the airport to any part of the city. MLHuillier Taxi have the most number of units. Taxi service is now available from the hotel to fetch you to the airport or any destination within the city and sub-urban towns around Tacloban at a higher price. For pick-up from downtown hotels in Tacloban to the airport, the standard price is ₱250. More than this amount is above the norm. Be prepared with the exact amount as drivers may not always have loose change. When wanting taxi service at your hotel, ask the front desk, they have contacts with taxi operators and drivers. For out-of-city points, prices are negotiable.

Jeepneys are the cheapest way to travel all around the city. Although confusing at first, it may take you a while to adjust to the directions and the naming of the different sections of the city, if in doubt ask a local since everyone is very willing to help.

When walking around the city, crossing the streets, intersections, observe traffic rules as the city imposes its "anti-jaywalking ordinance." Some tourists and visitors who are used to the indifference of pedestrians in other cities in the Philippines, Tacloban could be a different place for them.

The feel of the city is not as urbanized as in other highly urbanized cities in the Philippines. So every visitor and locals alike who come from rural towns may mistakenly take for granted traffic rules. There is a tendency to disregard the local ordinances.



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Regional delicacies sold as pasalubong. From left to right: moron, sagmani, and binagol.





The international telephone country code for the Philippines is 63. The area code for Tacloban is 53.



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